Following a well-devised strategy and study plan is very important for an all-round preparation of the NDA exam. So, here are some important tips for the students on how to prepare for NDA & NA exam 2021. Go through these preparation tips of NDA & its study plan now and make sure that you follow it thoroughly to crack the NDA & NA (II) exam 2021 efficiently!
The written exam of National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA)-II 2021 will be held on 14th November 2021 for admissions to the course in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA and the Indian Naval Academy Couse (INAC).
NDA Exam Preparation Tips
A common query among all the aspirants preparing for this exam is, ‘How should I start my NDA exam preparation?’.
To answer this question, here are some important expert tips on how to prepare for the NDA exam. For better understanding, we have divided the study plan of the NDA exam in 4 different phases, which will help you prepare better and track your progress accordingly.
Phase I of the NDA & NA Preparation
This is the starting phase of your NDA & NA exam preparation and during this phase, you need to familiarize with the NDA & NA exam inside out. This would include gathering information about the pattern, syllabus, cutoff, study material, reference sources etc.
Here are some point-wise guidelines of the NDA study plan, to be followed by the candidates for the National Defense Academy & Naval Academy exam:
Know the syllabus of NDA exam
The NDA & NA (II) Paper will broadly be divided into two parts:
(a) Paper I – Mathematics
(b) Paper II – General Ability (Part A: English & Part B: General Knowledge)
You can go through the syllabus of NDA & NA exam for more details!
Know the pattern of NDA exam
We have already shared the exam pattern of the NDA & NA exam. Make sure that you go through it for an overall understanding of the exam structure.
Phase II of the NDA & NA Preparation:
Prepare notes & Practice Topics thoroughly
This is the main and the most important phase of your NDA preparation. Start studying the topics in depth and practice questions based on them regularly. Here are a few tips for this phase of the NDA & NA study plan:
- After the candidates get an understanding of the syllabus, they must collect books that are easy to comprehend by them and start making notes.
- The candidates can also take help from other sources such as e-books, online tutorials, online groups, blogs, social networking sites, newsletter, etc.
- The notes need not follow any pattern as long as the candidate is comfortable with reading and understanding them.
NDA Study Plan for Mathematics section:
- Mathematics is considered as a scoring section and a deep understanding is preferred over last-minute reading.
- When it comes to mathematics, remembering shortcuts, applying mental arithmetic, memorizing simple calculations, etc. will help save time and space.
- The weightage of each topic is different. Hence, a candidate must know which topic should be given more preference.
For instance, the weightage of mensuration and trigonometry is more. This is followed by statistics. Hence, the candidate should have a rough analysis of the weightage given to each chapter so that he can accordingly prioritize topics and manage time.
- Devote at least 2-3 hours per day for the preparation of Mathematics section of the NDA exam. Remember, you have already studied the topics from which the questions will be asked from 9th -1 12th You just need to brush up those topics and practice them thoroughly.
NDA Study Plan for English Section:
- When it comes to English, the general pattern has synonyms, antonyms, reading comprehension, spotting the errors, para jumbles, ordering of sentences, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, etc.
- Preparation for these topics warrants the need of a planned approach. Getting a grip on grammar is imperative, and for this reason, books like “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis come in handy.
- Apart from studying English grammar books, regular reading of the newspapers, and watching English news channels will ensure that the candidate has enough exposure to ensure proper command over the language.
- Make sure that you spend at least 1.5-2 hours regularly to prepare the English section.
NDA Study Plan for General Knowledge section:
- This section consists of physics, chemistry, general science, history, geography, and current events.
- To tackle the science part of this section, the candidate must clear his basics of science by using any generic science book.
- When it comes to geography, physical features of India – mountains, plateaus, deltas, rivers, estuaries, etc. need to be thoroughly understood. Country and state boundaries should also be focused on.
- Indian polity is another topic that is to be comprehended in depth.
- The candidate should also learn about various economic terms and reforms, 5-year plans, NITI Aayog, census, schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), etc.
- Ancient, medieval and modern history makes up for an interesting read and can be understood easily by the candidates.
- For current affairs, especially those that have occurred in the past few months, the candidate must use all possible resources, such as magazines, internet, television, newspaper, newsletter, blogs, social networking sites, etc.
- The candidate should prepare pointwise notes on major economic or budget-related news, news related to new inventions in science and technology, sports, currencies, stock markets, books and authors, awards and honors, abbreviations, major/national holidays, important days, government reforms and schemes, organizations (both national and international, such as the United Nations, Amnesty International, World Bank, International Labor Organization, etc.). These notes should be brief enough for quick revisions yet informative enough to ensure a clear understanding.
- The syllabus of this section is huge and hence, candidates need to ensure that they maintain a proper balance between the different sub-topics of this section, for their timely preparation and revision.
Candidates can follow the under-mentioned day-wise preparation plan of for the NDA exam to cover all the topics properly:
Section to be prepared
Phase-III of the NDA & NA Preparation:
Solve previous years’ question papers & Mock/ Sample tests
- Once the candidates feel that they are prepared enough, they must refer to previous years’ question papers of the NDA/NA examination to find where they lack and focus on those topics again.
- Online mock papers are available in abundance and solving them is the best way to get an idea of the plausible type of questions, marks distribution, and importance of each topic.
- The candidate can purchase books that have a collection of previous years’ question papers or refer to online portals.
- The candidate can also join study groups or study circles to meet other candidates and discuss question papers and solutions.
- In this manner, the candidates can get help from others on topics that they find difficult to comprehend while helping others understand topics that they find easy.
Phase-IV of the NDA & NA Preparation:
Last-minute revision guidelines
- Last-minute revision is useful but can prove to be tricky unless the candidate knows what to revise. Here, short notes come in handy.
- The candidate must go through all mathematics formulae and tricks. These formulae should be written topic wise to ensure that they are easy to recollect while revising.
- The squares and cubes must be brushed up again. Bullet points brushing over important points from physics, chemistry, general science, history, geography, and current events should be written as quick notes for easy reference.
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